7 Next Hearts Managerial Candidates As The Search Begins To Replace Robbie Nilsson

Robbie Neilson’s tenure as Hearts manager has come to an end after the Tynecastle hierarchy decided to part ways on Sunday.

The 42-year-old returned to the club in June 2020, having held the No.3 position between May 2014 and November 2016. Gorg’s side were 10 points clear of Aberdeen this time at the start of the year, but five defeats have seen them crash out of the Scottish Cup and drop to 4th in the Premiership. The potential prize money from finishing best of the rest is staggering, with a lucrative Europa League play-off on the horizon and the failure of guaranteed group stage football in the Conference Europa League, and could have been a factor in the Hearts board’s decision.

With two games to go before the league split, it remains to be seen what path Hearts sporting director Joe Savage and chairman Anne Budge will take as they look to be potential successors. Will they go for someone like St Mirren manager Steven Robinson who has experience in the division? Will they be recruiting from within or have they decided to scout further afield in hopes of bringing a big name to the capital?

Record sports is looking at some candidates to replace Nilsson.

Steven Robinson (St Mirren)

Robinson has St Mirren for the top six and Europe is firmly in their sights. He made it difficult for his friends to beat and if he had Tynecastle’s senior figures in mind, his trial couldn’t have gone much better with Curtis Mayne and Alex Gogic making sure St Mirren ended Neilson’s Hearts tenure with a 2-0 win on Saturday. .

Robinson previously managed Motherwell before a brief spell in England with Morecambe and could be tempted by the challenge of managing one of Scotland’s top clubs. Especially considering his knack for finding talented players on the cheap.

Lee McCulloch (Hearts assistant)

McCulloch became Hearts’ first-team manager in August 2020 after getting a taste of management during his time at Kilmarnock a few years ago. The club’s statement announcing Nilsson’s departure failed to mention the future of his backroom team, and Hearts could follow the fate of Aberdeen and Motherwell by appointing someone already at the club as his successor.

Kevin Muscat (Yokohama Marines)

Mukat emulated Ange Postecoglou’s success by winning the J-League last season and is expected to work his way into management in Europe. Hearts have an abundance of Australian talent, so the Aussie could be a perfect fit to complement the squad at their disposal. On-loan striker Garang Kuol rarely saw Nilsson while the squad often didn’t play to Cammy Devlin’s strengths, but Muscat could be the man to get the best out of the Tynecastle Aussie A-listers while his knowledge ball could bring an interesting dynamic to games against the Parkhead giants.

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